POSITION TITLE: Fellowships Adviser (part time academic year position 43 weeks, 17.5 hours per week)
The Fellowships Adviser prepares students to apply for nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships and serves as the designated College official for most of these awards. The adviser serves a high-performing segment of the undergraduate and graduate student populations whose credentials may include strong grades, foreign language skills, leadership abilities, and a commitment to community service. Collaboration with faculty and staff is a key part of this position.
- Serve as the Dean’s designate to and the administrative convener of the faculty Committee on Undergraduate Awards and Fellowships which is responsible for interviewing and selecting nominees for some external fellowships and for selecting recipients of major College awards.
- Guide students and alumnae/i through the application and nomination process for nationally competitive awards such as Fulbright, Watson, Luce, Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Schwarzman, Carnegie, Truman, Beinecke, and Goldwater. Advise students on applications to grants that do not require institutional nomination.
- Establish and oversee internal application processes
- Read and provide feedback to students and alumnae/i on their written applications through several rounds of revision.
- Communicate with faculty and others regarding letters of recommendation.
- Write and submit letters of nomination.
- Arrange for and participate in mock interviews for finalists.
- Work with Communications and other offices to publicize and celebrate success.
- Provide outreach to students regarding fellowship opportunities and processes.
- Hold information sessions throughout the academic year and advertise opportunities through various means (websites, social media, blast and targeted emails, brochures, etc).
- Conduct outreach efforts to attract a strong and diverse applicant pool by partnering with other Dean’s Office staff as well as other on- and off-campus partners.
- Coordinate with foundation representatives and alumnae/i for campus visits.
- Initiate and maintain correspondence with alumnae/i to create networks for fellowship applicant support.
- Develop and implement administrative processes to ensure accurate and efficient communication and record-keeping.
- Update Fellowships webpages regularly
- Schedule meetings
- Maintain records
- Generate reports for various constituencies
SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proficiency with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Experience working independently and collaboratively with a wide range of community constituencies.
- Experience advising and mentoring students.
- Experience working with a diverse student population.
- Knowledge of and interest in the academic and career experiences of students.
- Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.
- Ability to work some evenings and the flexibility to work additional or fewer hours per week as needed.
- Master’s Degree
- 3 years of relevant experience, preferably including experience teaching writing
- A personal history of success in national scholarship competitions or experience in overseas study and/or research.
- Experience teaching writing and mentoring writers.
- Enthusiasm for (and patience with) working with students.
- The ability to help others tell their stories.